Gayle V. Cipriano

Westbrook- Gayle V. Cipriano, 65, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 in Scarborough with her family by her side. 

Gayle was born in Portland, ME on December 1, 1952 and is the daughter of Vincent and Irma Cox, formally of Portland. She attended Portland High School where she met the love of her life, Donald Cipriano, who she was married to for 47 years.  They settled in Westbrook in 1975 where they raised their family, owned and operated a bakery, worked at Bradlees, and the Curtainshop together.

Gayle enjoyed going out to eat and shopping with her husband Don in their spare time. Gayle also loved working in retail and she will be always be fondly remembered for her friendly, outgoing personality, and making sure to greet everyone with a cheery smile.  Her customers would come in especially seeking out her helpful assistance.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Cipriano of Westbrook; her daughter, Dawn Gagne and her husband Keith Gagne of Westbrook; her grandson Chance Gagne of Westbrook; her mother Irma Cox and her sister Karen Binder and her husband Dave of Emmaus, PA; along with her niece Traci Wilhide and her husband Mick of Emmaus, PA and their children, Chloe, Clay, and Kyler.  She is also survived by her brother Merrill Cox, of Portland, ME.  She is predeceased by her father Vincent Cox.

Gayle’s family wishes to thank the staff at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House for all of the tremendous care that they provided to her and her family.

Per Gayle’s request, there will be a small family graveside service in the spring at Brooklawn Memorial Park, Portland, ME.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to:

Gosnell Memorial Hospice House

11 Hunnewell Rd

Scarborough ME 04074

Beverly Calder Dyer

Chebeague Island, ME – Beverly Calder Dyer, 88, passed away peacefully at the Island Commons surrounded by family on Monday, March 19, 2018.  She was the wife of Robert A. Dyer Sr. 

She was born on Chebeague Island, Me, November 6th, 1929, a daughter of the late Walter and Helen (Hamilton) Calder.  Beverly attended and graduated from the Chebeague Island Schools in 1948. 

Beverly married the love of her life on Jan. 20, 1949. They spent sixty nine years together raising their children and having their grandchildren come into their lives.  She was a wonderful cook, knitter, quilter and historian of the family. She also was a member of the Ladies Aid. 

Besides her husband, she is survived by her children, Robert A. Dyer Jr. (Debra) of Florida, Wayne C. Dyer (Arlene) of Chebeague, Susan D. Campbell (David) of Chebeague, Mark H. Dyer (Elizabeth) of Chebeague and Kristen D. Buxbaum (Donald) of Chebeague.  She also leaves her grandchildren Heather, Curtis and Brooke Buxbaum, Amanda Campbell, Chloe and Genevieve Dyer, as well as a brother Richard Calder (Dianne) of Chebeague and a sister Genevieve Carter of Fairfield, ME and many nieces and nephews. 

She was also the sister of the late Chesley, John, Norman, Leona, Mary and Elizabeth. 

The family would like to thank the staff at the Island Commons, Crew of CTC, Chebeague Island Rescue and special thanks to Ginny Ballard for all her time and care. 

A service will be planned in the spring. 

Memorials may be made to the Island Commons, 132 Littlefield Road, Chebeague Island, ME  04017

Dennis L. "Pa" Neukam

Biddeford, ME – Dennis L. "Pa" Neukam, 64, of Biddeford, died on January 11, 2018 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.  He was the life partner of Fern Hilsinger. 


He was born in San Diego, CA on October 27, 1953, a son of the late Leslie Neukam and Barbara (Taylor) Sigman and her husband Wayne.  He attended schools in both California and Indiana. 


Dennis was a jack of many trades and worked as an Insulator, Paver, Woodworker and a Mechanic.  He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Biddeford.


Pa enjoyed his woodworking and loved fishing and traveling.  In his spare time, he could also be found playing billiards and dominoes, and was great on the harmonica.  He also enjoyed visiting the zoo.  


Besides Fern, he is survived by his two children Maggie and Dennis Neukam Jr and four step children Cindy Wallace of Danbury, NH, Natalie Hilsinger and her partner Brian Levigne, Kevin Hilsinger and his wife Robin, and Krista Hilsinger all of Biddeford.  He also leaves many grand and great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews as well as sisters Lorraine Stevens and her husband Richard and Lisa Sigmon, brothers-in-law Dan Donnelly and his wife Irene and Robert Donnelly and his wife Pam and many friends. 


Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life on Sunday, March 25, 2018 from 1 – 5 p.m. at the Biddeford Eagles Club, 57 Birch Street, Biddeford, ME. 


In lieu of flowers, anyone who would like to give donations may contact Natalie Hilsinger at 730-8154.


Barbara C. (LaVallee) Cremonese Tanguay

Portland, ME - Barbara Colette LaVallee Cremonese Tanguay passed away quietly on February 25, 2018, following several months of declining health, just two days short of her 85th birthday at St. Joseph’s Manor in Portland. 

She was born on Feb 27, 1933, in Lawrence MA, and raised in Portland, ME.  Barbara Graduated from Deering High School in 1951, when she began a career as personal secretary to then, Portland City Mayor Matthew Barron for quite a time, until marrying John Cremonese in 1958, who passed away in May of 1986. She was a house wife and mother, then later returned to the workforce at Fairchild Semiconductor, as a Fashion Two-Twenty Beauty and Sales Consultant, and eventually working for many years until retirement, for Portland Jetport Security, where she met her second husband, Gerard "Butch" Tanguay, of Westbrook, ME, who passed away May of 2015. 

She enjoyed traveling to see family and friends, including travels to Hawaii & California to visit her brothers Teddy & former WCSH longtime radio personality, Doug Lavallee, as well as Florida to visit her son & granddaughters. She and her husband Gerard took many trips before his passing in 2015, especially enjoying long weekend trips to the ocean, and attending summer Playhouse Theater throughout Maine, as well as accompanying "Butch" to many of his Jazz band engagements. 

She is survived by her daughter, Virginia Cremonese of Westbrook, ME, her son Joseph Cremonese and his wife Marie of Florida, their two daughters, Kristen Cremonese of California and Lauren Cremonese of Florida, both of whom called her "Gaga", as she had called her grandmother before them, carrying on a family tradition. 

We would like to thank all the family & friends in Maine who helped us deal with her long distance care. Words cannot express our thanks & gratitude to you all. 

Burial and memorial graveside service will be this spring/summer, and will be privately announced to those close family and friends before that time. 

In lieu of flowers, etc., donations in her memory can be made to St. Joseph’s Manor, 1133 Washington Avenue, Portland, ME 04103.

Thomas J. Cunningham


Mechanic Falls, ME - Thomas Joseph Cunningham, 70, of Mechanic Falls, ME passed away peacefully Friday, March 9, 2018 at his home with his family by his side after a short illness.  He was the husband of Rolande (Hamel) Cunningham. 


He was born on June 21, 1947 in Lewiston, ME a son of the late Thomas C. and Geraldine (Murphy) Cunningham. He attended local schools in Lewiston and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1967.


Tom served in the US Air Force from 1967 to 1971 and worked for Pioneer Plastics for 36 years before retiring.


Thomas loved going to Oxford Plains Speedway and also enjoyed watching Hockey, football and especially watching the Patriots.


He loved family gatherings where he spent time with his great nieces and nephews Aliyah-Marie, Chianne, Donovan, Brock, Easton Hamel and Ridge Bissonette whom he thought of as his grandchildren.


Besides his wife, the love of his life, Thomas is survived by his son Timothy Cunningham, Daughter Melissa Cunningham and a nephew Corey Hamel whom was thought of as a son. He also leaves several nieces and nephews, sister in laws and brother in laws.


He was also the brother of the late Daniel Cunningham and Rosemary Michaud.


We would like to sincerely thank Androscoggin Home Health Hospice and the Dempsey Center for the incredible support and care he and the family were given.


In the spring there will be a graveside service followed by a celebration of life.


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